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Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-October-2017  15:22:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Remember: OCAU's Forums will be unavailable from late tonight for much of the weekend. The best way to keep updated on progress is probably via our Facebook page, and who knows, I may even finally use our twitter for something useful. See you on the flipside!

Friday Lunchtime (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-October-2017  12:21:23 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Just a reminder: OCAU's Forums will be unavailable for much of the weekend as I migrate us us from vBulletin to xenForo. Things will probably start to get weird from about 10pm tonight as I want to prepare to kick off some of the long-running import jobs to run overnight if possible. The main page should still be viewable so Misc Pics will still work. ;)

Bitcoin has become more attractive in Australia, thanks to a recent tax law change. Bitcoin will get the same GST treatment as foreign currency after new laws to stop double taxation cleared Parliament. Digital currencies bought by Australians will no longer be liable for GST from July 1 2018 following a change to tax law on Thursday. Under the old rules, they could effectively be taxed twice — first when they bought the electronic money, and again if they used it on items subject to the GST.

Chemist Warehouse will be trialling drone delivery in a rural area of the ACT and Queanbeyan. Commencing this week, families selected for a three month trial within the semi-rural area of Royalla (an idyllic, semi-rural area that’s a 40-minute round trip in the car away from the nearest shop) will be able to purchase from over 100 products from Chemist Warehouse, using X’s Project Wing App – and have these items delivered to their doorstep by drone in only a few minutes. I have to say I'm still very skeptical about drone delivery, not the least because of the strict laws we currently have about operating drones in Australia.

TechSpot have a list of PC games you should be playing. It’s that time of year again when we take another look at the best PC games you should be playing. Some exciting new titles are arriving over the coming weeks and months, including Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, Far Cry 5, and Metro: Exodus, but there are plenty of excellent options to keep you going until they arrive.

If you lie awake wondering about the Trolley Problem, you might be interested to know that Intel is working on a solution. Mobileye, an Intel company, is a leader in automated technology and the world’s largest supplier of cameras for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). With many years of success in vehicle automation and the evolution from ADAS to full autonomy, Shashua and his colleague Shai Shalev-Shwartz developed a mathematical formula that can bring certainty to the open questions of liability and blame in the event of an accident when a vehicle has no human driver.

There's been a big surge in telecommunications complaints in Australia, and Internet Australia say something must be done. Internet Australia says the “dramatic surge” in complaints by consumers and small business about telecommunications services, particularly Internet services, is unacceptable and must be urgently addressed by the entire retail and wholesale supply chain.

Meanwhile, the undersea cable between Perth and Singapore has been repaired. Australian carriers that rely on the cable for inter-Asia connectivity reported that the repairs had been completed at 8.21am AEDT this morning. This was about five days later than first anticipated, owing to the need to repair a series of faults on the cable rather than just the initial one discovered back on August 30.

Graphics cards vendors are happy about crypto mining, unsurprisingly. Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI), TUL, Colorful and Galaxy Microsystems have all been aggressive about the cryptocurrency opportunity since the mining trend emerged, and they have seen dramatic growths in related businesses. Asustek only started to see benefits from the segmnet in the third quarter. Speaking of which, we recently opened a Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Mining forum in our Software area.

Friday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 20-October-2017  11:37:53 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
HyperX Cloud Alpha on Vortez.
Fabriq Riff Smart Speaker on ThinkComputers.

Motherboard & CPU:
GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS Gaming 7 Motherboard on Tweaktown.
AMD EPYC 7351P on Phoronix.
ASRock X299 Taichi Motherboard on ThinkComputers.
ASUS ROG STRIX Z370-F Gaming motherboard on Guru3D.
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X & Ryzen 3 1200 on OCClub.
Intel Core i7-8700K, i5-8600K, 8400 versus AMD Ryzen 7 1800X, R5 1600X, 1500X on TechSpot.

Input Etc:
SteelSeries Rival 310 on Vortez.
Roccat Isku+ Force FX Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio 11 GB on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming X+ 8GB on OCInside.
ASUS ROG Strix Vega 64 Unboxed: The First Custom RX Vega on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Dell XPS Tower Special Edition on HotHardware.
Testing NVIDIA’s WhisperMode On ASUS’ Zephyrus Gaming Notebook on Techgage.
AORUS X9 (Kaby Lake) Gaming Laptop on Tweaktown.

noblechairs ICON Real Leather Chair on TechPowerUp.
HP S700 SSD on OCClub.
The Art of Middle Earth: Shadow of War PC Game on BabelTechReviews.
Antec P8 Mid-Tower case on FunkyKit.

Upgrade Outage this Weekend (8 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-October-2017  12:11:39 (GMT +10) - by Agg

OCAU Forums will be unavailable for most of the weekend of 21/22 October as we upgrade to a new forum platform. All user accounts, threads and posts will be migrated to the new system. For more info, see this thread. In the meantime, you might want to check your email and password are up to date.

Wednesday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 18-October-2017  10:35:59 (GMT +10) - by booj

Motherboards & CPUs:
EVGA X299 Micro on Funky Kit.
ASRock X370 Gaming-ITX/ac on OC Inside.
MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC Preview on ocaholic.
ECS Z270H4-I on Neoseeker.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero X370 on PC Perspective.
AMD EPYC 7251 on Phoronix.

Graphics Cards:
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X Trio on Guru3D.
COLORFUL iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Vulcan X OC on TweakTown.

HAVIT HV-KB378L Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
SwiftStream Z-9 Camera Drone on Benchmark Reviews.
Google Pixel 2 XL And Pixel 2 on Hot Hardware.
ASUSTOR AS6302T 2-Bay NAS Server on Bigbruin.
Cooler Master MasterBox Lite 5 RGB Case on ThinkComputers.
TtEsports Shock Pro RGB Headset on Funky Kit.
G.Skill TridentZ 3866 MHz 2x 8 GB DDR4 on TechPowerUp.
MSI Aegis 3 compact gaming PC on The Tech Report.
Arctic Freezer 33 Plus CPU Cooler on OC Inside.

KRACK WiFi Vulnerability (1 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 17-October-2017  14:00:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg

So, this "KRACK" WiFi exploit mentioned in the last news post is quite a big deal. In short, you probably want to avoid public WiFi for a while, and make sure your own WiFi router, and any other devices you use WiFi on, are patched.

KrebsOnSecurity have a good What You Should Know article. Researchers this week published information about a newfound, serious weakness in WPA2 — the security standard that protects all modern Wi-Fi networks. What follows is a short rundown on what exactly is at stake here, who’s most at-risk from this vulnerability, and what organizations and individuals can do about it.

TechCrunch have a guide to what you can do to protect yourself. Good news! Your devices can be updated to prevent the KRACK vulnerability. Updated devices and non-updated devices can co-exist on the same network as the fix is backward compatible. So you should update all your routers and Wi-Fi devices (laptops, phones, tablets…) with the latest security patches. You can also consider turning on auto-updates for future vulnerabilities as this won’t be the last one. Modern operating systems have become quite good at auto-updates. Some devices (ahem Android) don’t receive a lot of updates and could continue to pose risks.

There's a list of affected vendors and patch statuses on CERT. Discussion continues in this thread.

Iron Man visits Canberra Hospital (6 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2017  21:08:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

ASIGN_Baz's Iron Man in Steel project hit a significant milestone last week, with a visit to Canberra hospital's paediatric ward with the Starlight Children's Foundation. It's the culmination of three years of this project. Congrats to Barry for such an amazing effort and a fantastic personal project. See the full worklog in the forums, and photos from the hospital visit below:

click for more photos!

Monday Afternoon (16 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2017  16:44:48 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Western Digital have unveiled new Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording technology for their next-generation hard drives. One of the common misconceptions amongst readers focused on consumer technology relates to flash / SSDs rendering HDDs obsolete. While using SSDs over HDDs is definitely true in the client computing ecosystem, it is different for bulk storage. Bulk storage in the data center, as well as the consumer market, will continue to rely on mechanical hard drives for the foreseeable future. More info here on Techgage. Discussion in this thread in our Storage & Backup forum.

F0rge_Lion spotted this WiFi security flaw. S-CERT has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol. The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others. Note that as protocol-level issues, most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected. The CERT/CC and the reporting researcher KU Leuven, will be publicly disclosing these vulnerabilities on 16 October 2017.

One of the founders of Android reckons the keyboard will be obselete soon. For “the past 75-plus years or so, we have knelt down to the computer and worked with it and talked to it on its level,” Miner (pictured above) says. Miner and others believe that the way humans communicate with machines is undergoing a fundamental change. The keyboard—which dates back to the 1800s—will be phased out over the next couple of decades, except for some “legacy applications,” Miner argues. Touchscreens have already kicked off this shift. Wait, a couple of decades? That's not much of a prediction.

Microsoft's Edge browser is apparently good at blocking malware.. anyone out there using it as their main browser? Edge bested Chrome and Firefox by decisive margins. For instance, Chrome blocked 74% of all phishing attacks, and 88% of SEM attacks. Meanwhile, Firefox came in third in both tests, stopping just 61% of the phishing attacks and 70% of all SEM attempts.

Today's timewaster is Universal Paperclips, another clicky-idle game, thanks F0rge_Lion.

Monday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 16-October-2017  11:08:21 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Asus ROG Rampage VI Apex on LanOC.
Intel Xeon Silver 4108 + Tyan Tempest HX S7100 on Phoronix.
Intel Core i5 8600K processor on Guru3D.
Intel Core i5-8400 Review: 8th-Gen Best Value Chip on TechSpot.

Audio Visual:
Razer Tiamat 2.2 V2 headset on Vortez.
Sennheiser GSP 301 headset on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Logitech CRAFT Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
Razer Blackwidow Tournament Edition Chroma V2 keyboard on Vortez.

Seagate BarraCuda Pro 12TB Hard Drive on LegitReviews.
Crucial BX300 240GB SSD on MadShrimps.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Samsung Galaxy Note8 on TechARP.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 2 (2017) on HotHardware.

ASUS Lyra Tri-Band Mesh Wi-Fi Router System on Tweaktown.
SilverStone Precision PS14 case on APHNetworks.
Seasonic Platinum 760W on OCInside.
MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO: Unboxed on Tweaktown.

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